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De : L PR
Envoyé : samedi 24 mai 2014 09:50
À : Janette & home
Objet : Fw:
I sent this to Weihsien-Topica, but I guess I'm still off the network

From: Mary Previte
Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:56 AM
To: Leopold Pander
I sent this to Weihsien-Topica, but I guess I'm still off the network

All kinds of Weihsien-related media productions appear to be in the works in China as 2015 approaches with the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II and the liberation of Weihsien.

The People's government of Weifang has been actively promoting its Weihsien history, and the front page story of China Daily earlier this year has clearly raised interest among China's broadcast media.

I hear from our Tianjin contingent that interviews are in the works aimed for a broadcast about Weihsien by CCTV.

Yesterday, with great excitement, Mr. Sui Shude e-mailed me the news that a documentary film director of the "China State Council Information Office is planning a documentary film named 'Weihsien Concentration Camp' for showing next year on China CCTV specially for the 70th Anniversary of the victory of China Anti-japanese War as well as the Liberation of the Weihsien Camp." All of you who attended 2005's once-in-a-lifetime reunion/celebration at Weihsien will remember Mr. Sui -- our interpreter, guide, chauffeur, and friend.

Another group, China International Communication Center, also plans a Weihsien-related documentary. They have already asked Weifang to send them film taken of our 2005 reunion in Weihsien. If you Google this group, you will see their impressive web site.

Also this week, I was contacted by an award-winning author from the U.K. saying that he is now actively researching -- in preparation for writing a book about Eric Liddell. Duncan Hamilton, who has twice won the U.K.'s William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, has recently toured Weihsien to gather everything he can find there about Eric Liddell. I have recommended that he also contact Joseph Cotterill, Mrs. Cotterill, Stephen Metcalf, and Peter Bazire.

Joseph Cotterill was Eric Liddell's room mate in Weihsien. Mrs. Cotterill was a science student of Eric Liddell's in Weihsien. Stephen Metcalf was Eric Liddell's special assistant in all things related to Eric Liddell's youth athletic events. Liddell gave Stephen his running shoes from the 1924 Paris Olympics where he had won a gold medal. Peter Bazire was a musician in the Salvation Army Band that played Eric's favorite hymn, "Be Still My Soul" (Finlandia) outside Eric Liddell's hospital room the evening before Eric Liddell died.

As you can see, my contacts are for the most part from the Chefoo School. If others of you have your own stories of interacting with Eric Liddell in Weihsien, please let me know. Let's give this author all the information we can for him to write another prize-winning book -- this time about one of our Weihsien heroes. Mr. Hamilton will travel to the USA and Canada this summer to interview Eric Liddell's daughters and to find out more about Weihsien.

Mary Taylor Previte

From: Angela
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 2:57 PM
To: tapol_(Skynet)
Subject: Re: Interview request from CCTV News ** Believe they are aware of your websitelook what arrived...
600 am sat may 17

Hi Leopold,

Think in past correspondence - they have been advised of your website, however, for publicity whether you remember or not - we are the living remnants of the camp. Of course you sister can give them more personal information & us - we can only repeat what we/ve learned. I/ll remind them of your website again on further correspondence. They must have interviewed Mary Previte in 2005 - there were so many of us there .

cheers angela

ps will keep you informed if it does take place

From: tapol_(Skynet)
To: Angela
Cc: Janette & home ; Teddy Pearson
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:58:15 AM
Subject: Re: Interview request from CCTV News ** look what arrived...

Hi Angela,

Thanks for your message, ...
To be honest, I don’t remember anything about our Weihsien days. Completely amnesic ... I am !

Janette remembers quite a lot ... but with the eyes of a 7-year old girl.

It is only much later, when I started my website that I got to learn more about that period of our life ... certainly not a marvelous one !!!! I now know much more, .... but on paper only !

Your CCTV contacts are welcome to search the Weihsien Paintings’ website and if they have questions, they can certainly write to the Topica network or directly to me !

bien amicalement,

De : L PR
Envoyé : samedi 17 mai 2014 09:46
À : Mary Previte
Objet : Re: children_runway_5

Dear Mary,

Yes ! ...
In the I remember-book : go to page 257.
also in Ray Moore’s book:
page 41
And now your photo which is by far one of the best quality I have received so far ... Thanks !

I added it to the OSS-page in your chapter with your caption.

... all the best,

From: Mary Previte Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 3:05 AM To: Leopold Pander
Subject: children_runway_5

Leopold, Do you have this photo on your web site?

September 10, 1945:

Six Chefoo School children lined up to board U. S. cargo plane at Weihsien for flight to OSS base in Si-An: Left to right: Raymond Moore, David Allen, John , Mary, Jamie, Kathleen Taylor.

The four Taylor children were reunited with their parents, Reverend James and Alice Taylor, the next day after a separation of 5 1/2 years. They were also introduced to a little brother, Herbert, , almost 5 years old, whom they had never seen before.

Notice children wearing winter coats in September's heat.

From: Angela
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 7:54 AM
To: Molly Soltay ; Leopold Pander ; Leopold Pander
Subject: Fw: Interview request from CCTV News ** look what arrived...

this all came about from Chris Hagens article

which featured Weishien... plus he enclosed my photo CCTV approached Chris who advised we should be the ones contacted .. at the time it was an Anita who i emailed to say I/d be in Tientsin but no reply..

now this but ** What am I to say ??

coming at the end of it with no recollection of camp*** ...

Molly know you/d have to a lot to say & Leopold you do remember so much & they do want to do pre interviews to anyone who is coming to the reunion.

Well will do my best if it takes place & please please ensure that you are both thinking of making the journey to the Weihsien.

Leopold .. you will be amazed at the place & Molly you/ll see where we started our lives...


----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Billie Gu
To: "angelalousia@yahoo.ca"
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 7:36:17 PM
Subject: Interview request from CCTV News

Dear Ms. Elliott,

This is Gu Bing from CCTV News, the English news channel of China Central Television. We are planning to do a special news series commemorating the 75th anniversary for the outbreak of the Second World War. We learned your story from the internet and we would very much like to do an interview with you when possible. We learned that you will be in Tianjin at the end of May. So we’d like to know is it possible for us to film the interview with you during your stay in Tianjin? Or do you have plan to travel to Beijing? Please let us know.

We would also like to have your other contact information. Looking forward to your reply. Thank you so much.

Gu Bing

Cell: (0086)13718358446

De : L PR
Envoyé : jeudi 15 mai 2014 09:51
À : Mary Previte
Objet : Re: Topica archives

Dear Mary,

From January to June:

and from July to December:
hope you manage
best regards,

-----Original Message-----

From: Mary Previte
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:41 AM
To: Leopold Pander
Subject: Topica archives


How do I access Weihsien topica archives for 2005?


De : Albert de Zutter
Envoyé : lundi 12 mai 2014 19:30
À : tapol_(Skynet) ; Pierre Ley
Objet : Re: Subject: Father Hanquet book

Cher Leopold,

Yes, I found the new chapter on your Weihsien site. I wonder if you could change it to the typeface you used in previous chapters, which was bigger and easier to read. If not, could you just make the existing type bigger?

I take it the 70 anniversary celebration will be in August of 2015? If I am still in good condition then I would consider going, if only to see you and Janette again. Remind me when it comes time to make plans. I have no idea whom else we would meet there except our Chinese hosts.

If I go to China I would certainly want to see Tsingtao again. I am sure the train from Beijing would have to go through Qingdao, both coming and going.

In any case, I hope to see all of you in Belgium sometime in the next year or two, "God willing and the creek don't rise," as the American country folk say.

Warmest regards to all from your friend,

On Monday, May 12, 2014 4:30 AM, tapol_(Skynet) wrote:

Dear Albert,

Happy to read you and to know that all is well ... We have been hearing so much about the bad weather in the US ... cold ... snow ... and now whirlwinds & thunderstorms. The climate is completely crazy. Out here on the European Continent “spring” is in advance by a month and a half ... at least. I notice that with my “hay-fever” problems. We just had more than a month of dry weather and now it is wind & rain all the time ... and much more cold too ! And now, “they” are telling us that “El-Nino” is waking up !!!!!!

Janette just phoned ! Her computer is kaput. Yves, her son, is fixing it ... It’ll last ... I don’t know how long, but he will fix it. They are on Windows XP and I guess that he is installing Windows 7 or 8 and that takes a few days !!! (I know by experience !)

Thanks very much for your text – in English. It is many month’s since I have added something to the Weihsien-Paintings’ website and I forgot how it all worked !!! I must be catching Alzeimer ! Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, I did it all the same ... could you check?

As for the “Weihsien-News” ? Nothing much !

Topica crashed but I think that it is repaired now but as nobody writes there anymore it is difficult to check !

The latest news is that it seems that the Weifang-folks are planning to make a a “big” meeting for the 70 years anniversary of our liberation.

Janette would like to go – this time and if she goes, I go. Nicky told me that if I went ! ... I could ... but that she would stay in Belgium.

Well it seems that I still have time to think about it. Nothing official yet though !

If we go, will you come too ? We could then outnumber the Chefoo-folks !!! Ha! Ha!
Take care,
Hope to read you soon,
Janette will certainly write when her computer will be in a working state ... anyway, she will be getting a copy of this message,

Bien amicalement,

From: Albert de Zutter
Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:06 AM
To: pander.nl@skynet.be ; pierre.ley@pandora.be
Subject: Subject: Father Hanquet book

Dear friends,

I have just completed my part of the translation project of Father Hanquet's book. I am attaching the 35 pages of my translation of "Dans Un Pays en Guerre Civile," De Pekin a Hungtung (4/17 decembre 1945) which in the original is 42 pages. I did edit it as best I could, but I am sure there are some inconsistencies, such as km, km. and kilometer, and Jan. 8 vs January 10, etc. And while I think the text is relatively free of typographical errors (I am bleary-eyed from going over it), I am sure that Janette's eagle-eye will prove me wrong.

Eh bien, have all the pieces of Father Hanquet's book now been translated? I also did my best to render his prose in idiomatic English, trying to find equivalent expressions for the French idioms. I got better at it as I went along.

I hope all is well with all of you and your loved ones.

Your friend,

De : L PR
Envoyé : lundi 12 mai 2014 09:17
À : Sarah Tanner
Cc : Janette & home
Objet : Re: Weifang, China

Dear Sarah,

I do not live in New York, but in Belgium. Sorry, we will not be able to meet.
Hope you have a nice trip in the USA ...

Best regards,

De : Sarah Tanner
Envoyé : dimanche 11 mai 2014 10:24
À : tapol@skynet.be
Objet : Weifang, China

Dear Leopold Pander,

Good morning, I am Huang Le De's granddaughter. I was given your email address by the office in Weifang.

I will coming to New York on 14th June to visit my brother. I will be in New York for almost a month.

If it is possible I would be very happy to meet you. Please feel free to contact me at this email address.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah Tian (written on behalf of Mrs Huang)